Hotel Cosmos Tokushima
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... full circuit, so today we settled for a taster by doing a 15km hike of the first five temples.
As soon as we got to Bando train station, the closest to the first temple, we spotted a few henro in the traditional gear. When we got to the first temple, Ryozen-ji, there were many more, with mannequins kitted out as well to advertise that the nearby shop sold the outfit if you needed to get your own!
The path I took wound through the countryside, took you through small towns, alongside orange groves and along a lot of roads. This walk would be more fun with more countryside, but this is a crowded place. People are friendly on the route and can be identified by their white tops and walking sticks with bells on. I saw a dread locked guy with what seemed like hundreds of bells pacing through one of the temples. He seemed very cool and self possessed.
It took ...
... o'clock service. Meals were with pilgrims , so I ate with an older father daughter and a loud laughing bald guy in his yukata. Breakfast was at 6 and then they were off walking again. I am realizing that one of the most important phrases to understand is ,'Are you travelling alone?', I get asked that alot! Oh, Forgot, I stopped in Kotohira on the way to Oboke and climbed to a temple and took an udon noodle making ...
... station in the middle of nowhere. The "town" had no shops and it only had the local outdoor vending machines as supplies. Having not eaten and knowing we had a further 2 hour train ride, we had to settle for a "calorie mate" bar which can only be described as a gone off Scottish shortbread biscuit without any sugar. Delicious. To accompany the calorie mate bar we each had an awful canned coffee which had clearly been in the vending machine for years as no one ever ...
... like I had lost the fight.. All of them. I just wasn't sure what or who I was fighting.. Or why.. Very confusing yup. Imaging having to live with that brain 24/7.. Exhausting. But something is changing. For every step I take up those mountains a part of me wants to die cos it's hot and humid and my body hurts and I'm out of breath and my backpack can go f*ck itself. And I'm scared of snakes and why can't the water bottle last just a little bit longer!? ...